by Bryan Picco, AEP
No cars are made equal—or at least made to accommodate all people equally. Take, for instance, sports cars. Here is a video of me trying to squeeze my 6′ 5″ frame into one at the Detroit North American International Auto Show. Note the areas where the car does not fit:
– The door handle height is too low
– Limited door clearence
– Limited clearence between my knees and the steering wheel
– Lack of adequate chair adjustability (both to slide the chair back and recline)
– The top of the windshield blocks my view and I have to look over it to see forward
It’s safe to say that I might be getting a mouth full of bugs while cruising down the interstate with the top down – and it would be impossible for me to ride with the top up. When you design for the average size person, you limit the most.